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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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I need some help location a load data

Hi folks I was hoping to get some advise on proper load for my fathers old Hawken. Its a 50 cal with what I gather is a slow twist 1 in maybe 60 inches. So I am sure its patched round ball. Its a Italy made gun flinter with nice metal work.

I have not shot this gun in many many years. I got from a family member that hung it on the wall. Such a waste of a fine gun.

I think I remeber something like 80 grains 2f main charge and then a dusting of 4 f in the pan? I really want to work a safe load and take the gun out this fall.

Thanks Koz

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 11:30 AM
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Re: I need some help location a load data

First make certain that it is not already loaded! For target shooting 40-60 grains is adequate. For hunting 60-80 grains is good. Using 2f reduce this if you want to use 3f. 4f in the pan although some people use 3f. You only need to fill the pan 1/4 or 1/3. You have to experiment with patch thickness, ball diameter and powder charge to find your barrel's sweet spot.
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Re: I need some help location a load data

Ageed!. Check it out to see that there is nothing down the barrel. Joe had it right on the loads. Does the barrel say Investarms on it?

I'd say a 490 or 495 ball and you'll have to experiment for patch thickness. I've had luck with just heavy cotton flannel, rather than a palm bruising tight weave canvas type cloth. My 54 hawken is from Investarms and shoots pretty darn good considering one of the grooves isn't cut. (It was a second, I got the barrel for free and cobbled the gun together from various parts. Some TC, some Lyman, some who knows where. After 30 years I still never bothered finishing the kit stock.)
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Re: I need some help location a load data

This chart should help.Just remember,with muzzleloading more is NOT better!


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 12:22 AM
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Re: I need some help location a load data

A good rule is start with the same amount of grains as the caliber. .50 cal = 50 grains. Work up to 150% of the caliber (75 grains) and usually you'll find your most accurate load. In a well made modern barrel you can go to 175% of the caliber (about 85 grains for a 50)for hunting.
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